Stephen Williams MP on board with Guide Dogs’ Talking Buses campaign


Stephen Williams MP is supporting a campaign led by the charity Guide Dogs to make travelling by bus easier for people with sight loss.

The MP for Bristol West met with Guide Dogs alongside Liberal Democrat Transport Minister Baroness Kramer to discuss how audio visual (AV) announcements in buses can help blind and partially sighted people use buses more easily and not miss their stops.

AV systems are currently only fitted to around one fifth of the bus fleet nationally, with the overwhelming majority of these buses operating in London.

 

Stephen Williams MP said:

"I am very pleased to support the Talking Buses campaign. I know how important the work of Guide Dogs is for many people, both in Bristol and across the country.

"Announcements on buses are vital for blind and partially sighted passengers. It is very important that we do all we can to support blind people to live independent and fulfilling lives."

"As technology develops, Liberal Democrats want to see more of this kind of innovation and I'll be looking at how to support these going forward."

James White, Guide Dog's Campaigns Manager, said:

"Buses are a lifeline for people who are blind or partially sighted, and we welcome the support of Stephen Williams MP for people with sight loss to be able to travel safely and independently."

"Without AV, bus travel for people with sight loss can be especially difficult, stressful, and dangerous when stops are missed and they end up in an unfamiliar area.

"Safe and accessible bus services give people with sight loss much greater freedom to work, socialise and participate in the community."


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